The car: 2010 Firman Cars F2000 / FC

Formula 2000 / Formula Continental single seater race car specification

In a formula originating in 1974, the Firman Cars F2000 / Formula Continental car is the first completely new and radical design for many years. Building on the Firman Cars F1000 concept and taking in many of the advances learned during its successful development year in 2009, the 2010 F2000 is set to take on Club and Pro racing throughout the US.

Chassis High torsion multi-tubular spaceframe chassis fabricated in 4130 chrome-moly steel, incorporating a high specification bonded and riveted aluminium undertray. The chassis has been designed to comply with the FIA crash test requirements for 2009.
Nose structure Complies with the current Formula Ford SCCA regulations.
Front suspension
  • Triangulated upper and lower wishbones in rolled steel aerofoil section with aluminium front uprights incorporating 50 mm ID double angular contact bearings.
  • Pushrod suspension operates through steel fabricated rockers to the dampers.
  • Blade adjustable anti-roll bar with provision made for cockpit adjustment.
  • Uprights are machined from aluminium heat treated castings.
  • (The uprights and upper wishbones are non-handed.)
Rear suspension
  • Triangulated upper and lower wishbones in rolled steel aerofoil section with aluminium rear uprights incorporating 50 mm ID double angular contact bearings.
  • Pushrod suspension again operates through steel fabricated rockers to the dampers.
  • Blade adjustable anti-roll bar with provision made for cockpit adjustment.
  • Uprights are machined from aluminium heat treated castings.
  • (The upper wishbones are non-handed.)
Steering A high ratio bespoke T-rack and pinion unit allows a direct one-piece collapsible steering column designed to comply with the current FIA F3 regulations.
Brakes Aluminium or steel calipers (depending on Pro racing or SCCA club racing spec.) act on 265 mm diameter ventilated discs, front and rear. Cockpit adjustable brake balance bar.
Cooling High efficiency twin aluminium water radiators located and ducted in the side pods.
Dampers Bilstien racing dampers valved in bump and rebound are fitted as standard using 36 mm ID springs. Other options available on request.
Fuel system 33 litre capacity ATL fuel cell incorporating an internal high pressure fuel pump. The fuel cell complies with FT3-1999.
Drive train Standard fitment will be the Hewland LD200 4-speed gearbox with the extra width Hewland ratios. Drive is via 4 tripot joints and 2 bespoke driveshafts.
Aerodynamics
  • Front: One piece composite anhedral front wing with adjustable flaps, shoes and end plates.
  • Side pod aero funnels and covers.
  • Rear: Fully adjustable 3-piece aluminium wing structure using FIA F3 wing profiles complemented by a diffuser.
Wheels / tyres
  • Front rim: 8" x 13" diameter one-piece magnesium by OZ racing.
  • Rear rim: 10" x 13" diameter one piece magnesium by OZ racing.

6" front width and 8" rear width can be supplied where applicable to regulations.

Tyres : Goodyear, Hoosier, Cooper-Avons etc. slicks and/or wet weather race tyres.

Instrumentation Digital AIM dash integrated into the steering wheel.
Bodywork 12 piece colour impregnated GRP in a full range of colours.
Other safety
  • 6-point Willans safety harness.
  • 2.25 litre on-board fully plumbed electrically operated Lifeline fire protection system.
  • Varley red top dry cell battery.
  • Head protection moulding compatible with Hans device.
  • Detachable roll-over hoop designed to comply with current FIA F3 safety regulations.
Engine Ford 2 litre 16v DOHC Zetec to Pro series or SCCA club racing specification. (Pinto option available.)
Options
  • Aluminium rims.
  • AIM data logging system.
  • 2, 3 or 4-way adjustable dampers.

The rolling chassis (complete less engine) to the above specification, is delivered fully assembled on a full sized pallet and comes with the oil system, exhaust system, fuel system and a wiring harness to interface with the engine loom.

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If the new Firman Cars F2000/FC is anywhere near as good as the F1000, I cannot wait to get one on track to try it out.

Niki Coello
Quadruple US F2000 National Champion